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new system amd 64 3000 or amd 2500+

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Nov 13, 2003
Pittsburgh, PA
I have been waiting to buy the following components for my first build, originaly planning to overclock the 2500+ to the speed of 3000+ (hopefully). However, if I get a Radeon A-I-W 9600 and ditch the CPU cooler, with the money I save I could get an amd 64 3000+ (stock) with a MSI K8T Neo Motherboard.

Motherboard: ABIT NF7-S V2.0
CPU: AMD ATHLON XP 2500 "Barton" 333
Cooling: Thermaltake SILENT BOOST
Memory: CORSAIR XMS, Low Latency (Twin Pack)
1GB(2 x 12MB) 2x(64MX64) PC-3200LL
Video: ATI All-In-Wonder RADEON 9800 PRO 128MB
Drive: WD “Special Edition” 160GB 7200RPM DRIVE

My question is do you think it is worth it?


Jul 19, 2002
okinawa, japan
whats your question/ do you have one? what do you mean by "amd 64 3000+ or amd 2500+"? if your asking which you should get i'd say the 2500+ as long as its not mult locked(im not to current with AMD procs lately)
you'll be able to overclock more and the technology is refined and stable


Nov 6, 2002
2500 specs:
Model: AMD Athlon XP 2500+
Core: Barton
Operating Frequency: 1.83GHz
FSB: 333MHz
Cache: L1/64K+64K; L2/512K
Voltage: 1.65V
Process: 0.13Micron
Multimedia Instruction: MMX, SSE, 3DNOW!, 3DNOW!+

3000 specs:
Model: AMD Athlon 64 3000+
Core: ClawHammer
Operating Frequency: 1.8GHz
FSB: Integrated into Chip
Cache: L1/64K+64K; L2/512KB
Voltage: 1.5V
Process: 0.13Micron
Multimedia Instruction: MMX, SSE, SSE2, 3DNOW!, 3DNOW!+

IMO...not worth the 240.00+ for the 3000 alone...not with only 512KB L2 cache. Not when you can get a 2500 with pretty much the same specs as the 3000 for around 90.00 or so...

Is it really worth paying 150.00 for SSE2 and to say you have a duron 64 CPU...I call it the duron because it has half the L2 cache as the real 64 CPU's.

But when it comes down too it...its all upon you and if you really want to spend 240.00+ for a new CPU plus the cost of a new MB, when you could just save up for a real 64 bit Opteron CPU and MB and buy them here in a few months when the prices drop...


Aug 13, 2003
go 2500+ and OC is to above 3200+ speeds. Save your money and get a real Hammer whenever they come out.